Trial continues for Cleveland police sergeant charged in deadly chase and shooting

Trial continues for Cleveland police sergeant charged in deadly chase and shooting
Cleveland Police Sgt. Patricia Coleman (Soure: WOIO)

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The jury trial continues Wednesday for a Cleveland police sergeant charged with dereliction of duty in connection with a 2012 chase and shooting that ended with two suspects dead.

Patricia Coleman’s trial, which began on Monday, is being heard in East Cleveland Municipal Court.

Coleman was one of the supervisors on duty the night of Nov. 29, 2012.

The 23-minute car chase involving Timothy Russell, 43, and Masissa Williams, 30, began in Cleveland and ended at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

Timothy Russell, 43, was shot and killed after a Cleveland police chase in 2012.
Timothy Russell, 43, was shot and killed after a Cleveland police chase in 2012.

During a shoot-out on the school property, Cleveland police officers fired 137 shots.

November 29, 2012 scene at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.
November 29, 2012 scene at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

Both Russell and Williams were killed.

Malissa Williams, 30, was shot and killed after a Cleveland police chase in 2012.
Malissa Williams, 30, was shot and killed after a Cleveland police chase in 2012.

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, who fired 49 of those shots, was the only officer indicted on felony charges.

Brelo, who was fired from the force, was acquitted in a May 2015 bench trial.

Several other Cleveland police officers were also suspended or fired.

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